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Camaro ZL1 laps Nürburgring in 7:41:27

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General Motors North American President Mark Reuss just claimed that the Chevy Camaro ZL1 has lapped the Nürburgring's Nordschleife in 7:41:27. That time places the upcoming top-of-the-line Camaro ZL1 a few tenths quicker than the Lamborghini Murciélago LP670-4 SV. Not bad, GM.

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[Note: We previously compared the ZL1's lap time to Auto Bild's Porsche 911 Turbo S time of 7:41.23. The 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo's factory time is a substantially quicker 7:39.] We already know the ZL1's SAE-certified horsepower is 580 @ 6,000 rpm and its torque figure is 556 lb-ft @4200 rpm. It's also the first car to get the quicker-reacting next generation of BWI's (formerly Delphi's) magnetorheological dampers, which apparently give it a contact-patch and shock-absorption edge on the Green Hell.

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It also has NACA ducts on the undertray. You know, for transmission cooling. And also, apparently, for the win.

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Matt White

Something you guys didn't mention is that that specific lap is form a German auto magazine with a journalist at the wheel. in 2008 Porsche did a 7:38 with the regular turbo on stock tires. So no, it isn't faster than a 911 turbo s, the GM factory driver is better than a journalist. which I would assume unless a magazine hires ex racing drivers. Unfortunately wiki doesn't list a faster time for the Turbo S, but looking at GT2 and GT2RS times I'm going to wager the Turbo S is capable of a 7:34-7:30 depending on driver and conditions.